Highland Park City Hall
1707 St. Johns
(directly across from the HP Metra station)
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NOTE NEW MEETING DATE AS NOW SET BY HIGHLAND PARK
FROM POSTPONED ORIGINAL DATE OF July 22
Please come to a meeting of the Highland Park Traffic Commission on August 26 at 6:30 pm. Especially if you are a HP resident or HP cyclist! Lina Hoffman from Active Transportation Alliance (formerly Chicagoland Bicycle Federation) will be making a presentation on "Complete Streets." The goal is for the Traffic Commission to begin taking all users (including pedestrians and cyclists) into consideration when making decisions that impact the roadways in Highland Park. We need to have strong representation at this meeting.
Why do we need a Complete Streets Plan? A plan will help insure that the needs of pedestrians and cyclists, as well as cars, are considered when building, designing or reconstructing roadways. The state has a plan which applies to state controlled roads. Lake County is implementing a plan as well. Each jurisdiction needs their own plan or policy since each controls different roads. A Complete Streets Plan for Highland Park would impact city roads only. Highland Park is important because:
1) we have a strong cycling community
2) there are on-going citywide initiatives currently to become more environmentally sustainable and to improve health -- this fits in to both
3) Highland Park is a bike friendly community and many cyclists and group rides pass through town. If Highland Park were to implement Complete Streets, it could serve as a model for other communities.